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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 398  

Withdrawal syndrome: Author's dilemma, editor's agony and is it a hidden ethical problem?

1 Sanitation 1 Medical Academic Center, Bangkok, Thailand
2 Department of Biological Science, Joseph Ayobabalola University, Nigeria; Department of Tropical Medicine, Hainan Medical University, Hainan, China; Department of Community Medicine, Dr. D. Y. Patil University, Pune, Maharashtra, India

Date of Web Publication4-Sep-2017

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Beuy Joob
Sanitation 1 Medical Academic Center, Bangkok
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The editorial on “Withdrawal syndrome: Author's dilemma and editor's agony [1]” is very interesting. In fact, this problem can be seen by any journal, and this problem usually causes the management problem to the journal. Some journals fine the submitting author for withdrawing a manuscript. As noted by Professor Banerjee, there are several reasons for the withdrawal of manuscripts by authors. Indeed, many authors request for withdrawal of the manuscript in case that they cannot revise the manuscript after getting the revision note.[2] This is considered a declined submission, not an actual problem of withdrawal. Serious concern is postacceptance withdrawal. Sometimes, the issue is relating to the lack of “fund” to pay for the processing/publication charge of the journal. Sometimes, the reasons are unacceptable. “What is behind the withdrawal request” is very interesting. Often, the submitting author might indulge in duplicate, triplicate, or more submissions to several journals simultaneously and this can be a hidden ethical problem. Based on our experiences, many withdrawal requests fall into this category. If this is detected, the proper note on the unethical practice should be made. Sometimes, the submitting author wants to get only an acceptance letter for their academic requirement, and once this is obtained they do not continue with the publication process. Whatever the reasons, the editor's agony can be expected. Nevertheless, it is still the role of the editor to respect the decision of the submitting author. At the same time, the investigation for any possible hidden unethical practice of the authors should be done. Sometimes, some journals blacklist such authors who withdraw submitted articles after acceptance for future management of the problem.

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Banerjee A. Withdrawal syndrome: Author's dilemma and editor's agony. Med J DY Patil Univ 2017;10:115-7.  Back to cited text no. 1
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Dowd SB, McElveny C. Revision of manuscripts for scholarly publication. Radiol Technol 1997;69:47-54.  Back to cited text no. 2


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